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This Critically Endangered Baby Rhino Is An Adorable Addition To A Species In Need 24.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This sweet little rhino is not only impossibly cute, he's also critically endangered. Born on July 12, the black rhino calf, who doesn't have a name yet, is a "significant birth," according to staff at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park . Zoo spokesperson Ina Saliklis tells HuffPost she's not sure when it will happen exactly, but "hopefully he will be named soon." Photo credit: Ken Bohn, San Diego Zoo Safari Park “Poaching is the main reason why the numbers of black rhinos are on the decline,” Julie Anderson, a San Diego zookeeper, said in a blog post on the zoo's website . “Any birth here at the Park is an important birth, and we have been very fortunate to have a newborn baby here at the Safari Park.” Indeed, poaching has done a real number on the tiny population of rhinos living in the wild -- and that number is 1,004 . That's how many rhinos, black and white, were killed last year in South Africa alone, according to a government statement. 2013's killings were almost double the number of rhinos killed in ...
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Ringling Brothers vs Animal Activists (VIDEO) 23.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Elephants perform at the Ringling Bros circus, July 15, 2014 "Ladies and gentlemen... boys and girls... children of all ages...." There is no phrase in the English language filled with more genuine enthusiasm, anticipation and excitement... and that includes both the other phrases: "all you can eat" and "c'mon, it's your birthday, I'll do that thing you like." I have probably been to the Ringing Brothers circus near 25 times in my life. It is without shame or embarrassment that I say "I love the circus." I love everything about the circus. I love the spectacle. I love the patriotism. I love how it's a symphony for the eyes. I love how it's a melting pot of performers from around the world. I love how its populated with people who do amazing things. In fact, the circus has everything I love all under one roof and every year, I get to bathe in its magic and wonder for a good two consecutive hours. I love explosions. The circus has plenty of pyrotechnics. I love popcorn. The circus sells Costco sized ...
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Study: To Cut Down On Environmental Impact, Eat Less Beef 22.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A new study on the environmental burdens of beef, pork, chicken, eggs, dairy and plant products finds that beef is by far the worst offender. According to the study, published Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a prominent scientific journal, beef production releases five times the amount of greenhouse gas emissions as the average of other meats and animal products. Nor is that all: Beef requires 28 times more land, 11 times more water, and six times as much reactive nitrogen as the average of the other categories, according to the study. To calculate the impact of different animal products, the study's authors looked at the environmental effects of producing feed for animals , taking into account land use, water consumption and the potential for nitrogen pollution from fertilizers. (When excess nitrogen leaches into a body of water, it can cause algal blooms that deplete local levels of oxygen and cause harm to other marine organisms.) The researchers also calculated the amount ...
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These Apollo 11 Mission Photos Will Transport You Back To A Remarkable Day In History 19.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
"Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the moon July 1969, A.D. We came in peace for all mankind." -- Inscription on the plaque of the Apollo 11 lunar module. On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong made history when he landed on the moon with Buzz Aldrin and took that first "small step for mankind" on the lunar surface. Forty-five years later, we remember that day during the Apollo 11 mission as one that changed the world forever. But have you seen what the astronauts ate for breakfast the morning of the launch, or the photo of them peeking through a small window to greet their wives after their return home? Scroll through a rare collection of photographs below to relive the mission from start to ...
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2 Ag-Gag Laws Facing Federal Court Challenges 19.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The years-long fight between farm organizations and animal rights activists over laws prohibiting secretly filmed documentation of animal abuse is moving from state legislatures to federal courts as laws in Utah and Idaho face constitutional challenges. Half of U.S. states have attempted to pass so-called ag-gag laws, but only seven have been successful. Among them are Idaho, where this year's law says unauthorized recording is punishable by up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine, and Utah, whose 2012 law makes it a crime to provide false information to gain access to a farm. Both states now face separate but similarly worded lawsuits that say the measures violate federal statutes offering whistleblower protections and free-speech guarantees. Farm organizations and livestock producers say ag-gag laws are aimed at protecting their homes and businesses from intruders, and some plan to use social media to ensure the public they have nothing to hide. But animal rights groups, ...
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An Open Letter From a Farmer to Angry Vegetarians 18.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
About once a week I get an email or comment from the Animal Rights contingent. It is expected and usually I do not engage. I need to remember that when I published my first book I was a vegetarian raising a few laying hens and pet rabbits. Readers who knew me as the 25-year-old girl they read about (at the time just farm-curious and toying with the idea of homesteading) meet a very different woman on my current blog. To read that book and then pop into a blog where just seven years later that same vegetarian is raising hogs, lambs, and poultry for meat is unsettling and shocking to some readers. And so I get these notes from what I call the Angry Vegetarians. The folks who feel personally betrayed, not just for my change of diet but my change in ideas. Yesterday I was called a murderer. I've been called that many time, and in some emails, that is the nicest part of the correspondence. The following is a letter to that Angry Vegetarian and to any others who may feel the same way. But before you read it ...
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PETA Undercover Sheep-Shearing Video Appears To Show Shocking Animal Abuse 17.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Undercover PETA video of sheep shearing reveals what appears to be shocking animal abuse in the United States. The footage, posted to YouTube July 9, allegedly shows handlers beating and throwing the sheep. In the clip, a wool worker appears to twist the neck of one of the animals until its neck breaks. The sheep are also filmed sustaining painful wounds, including on their genitals, apparently from careless blade work. On its website, PETA said it documented the abuse at ranches in Wyoming, Colorado and Nebraska in March and April. The video prompted investigations by police . (WARNING: Video below contains graphic footage) While condemning the cruelty as unacceptable and launching an investigation of its own, the American Sheep Industry Association criticized PETA for waiting so long to reveal the footage. An association spokeswoman also said the brutality presented was done by "one rogue shearer." "It’s depicted as if it’s indicative of our industry," Rita Samuelson told The Huffington Post. But in a ...
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Green Scare: Animal Rights Activists Face Terrorism Charges for Freeing Minks From Fur Farm 15.7.2014 Democracy Now!
The government has unveiled federal terrorism charges against two animal rights activists accused of helping to free minks and foxes from fur farms in rural Illinois. In newly unsealed indictments, the prosecutors accuse Tyler Lang and Kevin Oliff of freeing about 2,000 mink from their cages on a fur farm, and then removing parts of the fence surrounding the property so the mink could escape. The activists are also accused of spray painting "Liberation is Love" on the farm's walls. Lang and Oliff have been indicted under the controversial Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA), which each count carrying a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. We are joined by reporter Will Potter, who covers animal rights and environmental issues at at GreenIstheNewRed.com. "It really doesn’t matter how you feel about animal rights groups, or about these alleged crimes of stealing animals," Potter says of the AETA, which he argues is too broad while criminalizing protests and civil disobedience. ...
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Enormous School Of Anchovies Makes Rare Appearance At Scripps Pier In San Diego 12.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Nope, that's not a beachside oil spill (thank goodness!). That's millions -- possibly billions -- of anchovies swimming unusually close to shore. Scientists and graduate students at University of California, San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography were surprised by a massive school of Northern anchovies that swarmed waters near Scripps Pier in La Jolla, California. The school contained anywhere between 10 million to more than 1 billion anchovies, Scripps professor David Checkley told The Huffington Post, which he noted is probably a "larger than usual" school. A crowd gathered at the pier to watch the phenomenon. Graduate students and surfers swam near the traveling fish to take video and gather samples. At one point, a California sea lion dove into the anchovy aggregation -- even a leopard shark joined in on the action. Story continues below... The entire swarm reached about 10 feet deep, 100 meters from inshore to offshore, and was around one mile long. It's unclear why the school came so close ...
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Exposed: Abuse, Cruelty at Sheep-Shearing Operations in US and Australia 10.7.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Sheep are deprived of food and water, sometimes overnight, in part so that they'll put up less resistance when shearers handle them roughly. (photo: PETA)Undercover investigations by the animal-rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) show abuse and cruelty taking place at sheep-shearing operations in the U.S. and ...
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These Adorable Animals Understand What It Means To Have A Friend's Back 6.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
It's such a special feeling to have a friend whom you know will always have your back. These animals understand first hand: Big Dog was nervous for his big date, so Little Dog whispered a tiny pep talk on the way to dinner. Little Camel made sure his older sister's sarong didn't get wrinkled while they traveled to the farmer's market. Duck looks like she's freeloading, but she actually just gave Dog some valuable swimming advice. (Glide, don't paddle.) John Phillips / Time Life Pictures / Getty Images Egret ensured Elephant he didn't need to waste his cash on Rogaine. Bald is beautiful, after all. Karel Prinsloo / AP Tortoise has always been a little shy. Meerkat's taken it upon himself to help her come out of her shell. Antonija Simunovic / AP Pigaloo and Pigalee love to get a little punny. Warthog scavenged for berries while Bird sat as lookout for any crazy hyenas. Independent Picture Service / Getty Images "OK," Turtle said. "We can slide just this once." Dog just complimented Donkey's pin straight ...
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Do Animals Need a UN Ambassador? 5.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
If the United Kingdom has an Ambassador to the UN, why not the "Animal Kingdom"? Animal welfare, biodiversity, wildlife crimes, and the rapidly evolving view of "animal rights" are and properly deserve an international discussion. Wildlife poaching or the inhumane treatment of animals do affect the global community or in the least, perspectives that peoples have of each other as well as fellow animal creatures. However, is it time for someone to speak on behalf of animals? Abuse & Exploitation only Bounded by Greed & Decadence: Exploiting animals for food, labor, or even as our companions nonetheless requires from us a recognition beyond our mere needs. In parts of Asia they eat dogs and cats, but perhaps I have a cultural prejudice. In the Christian, Islamic, and Jewish cultures we kill cattle for consumption. At the Yulin Dog Meat Festival in China, killing is a celebration not borne out of hunger, necessity, or tradition -- it started only in 1995 with China's consumer society rise.  The dogs are ...
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The Only Thing Better Than Taking A Bath: Adorable Animals Taking Baths 28.6.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
When was the last time you took a bath? You probably can't even remember. Well, we are here to remind you that baths are awesome, relaxing and sometimes kind of stressful. And in case you need some major cleansing inspiration or a reminder, look no further than these adorable animals demonstrating how to best take advantage of bath time. So sit back, run the water, and start taking baths as seriously as these awesome critters do. So you're contemplating taking a bath... Yes, it does feel a little unfamiliar. And tubs can feel mighty cramped if you're not, y'know, the size of a toddler. But then you remember: BUBBLES! Which are awesome... ... even if you accidentally eat some. You forgot how much you love bath toys. And, er, bath mates. Hey, it's nice to have someone to wash your back. And those other hard to reach spots. There's no denying it. Baths make you feel so fresh. And so clean. Clean. You're so relaxed you may fall asleep... Then you realize you may have stayed in the bath for too long. The ...
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2 More States May Give Abused Pit Bulls A Fighting Chance 21.6.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Biscuits and belly rubs for two state legislatures! Michigan and Delaware are both considering bills that would give abused pit bulls a fighting chance. A similar bill in Delaware is further along. SB 245 passed the Senate on June 19 . Delaware law currently (and rather chillingly) mandates that seized animals be "disposed of in a humane manner." But under the new bill, dogs pulled from fighting operations would first be evaluated, then, if appropriate, placed for adoption. "Michigan SB 990 and Delaware SB 245 are extremely important bills that give victims of cruelty a chance of a loving home," Ledy VanKavage, senior legislative attorney for Best Friends Animal Society, told HuffPost. "Since the [Michael] Vick dogs we've learned that every dog should be be evaluated as an individual and deserves a fighting chance to be loved." Indeed, previous to the 51 pit bulls seized from Vick's infamous Bad Newz Kennels in 2007 , animals pulled from fighting were routinely euthanized. As the New York Times reported ...
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PETA Blasts Lady Gaga For Dressing Up Dog Asia 20.6.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has a message for Lady Gaga: dogs are not to be accessorized. The animal rights organization blasted Gaga for dressing up her French bulldog puppy , Asia (otherwise known as Batpig), in a statement to Us Weekly Thursday, June 19. "Lady Gaga may choose to decorate herself with elaborate and even uncomfortable outfits, but Asia doesn’t get to make that choice,” a PETA rep told Us. “Although it seems pretty clear that Lady Gaga loves Asia, we think Asia -- and all dogs -- are adorable without all the added flair. The best accessory for any dog is a comfortable, secure, well-fitting harness, which is perfect for long walks together." The singer has been having fun dressing up her little pup in dazzling jewelry and frilly outfits and taking photos for her 3.7 million Instagram followers since she got the dog in ...
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You Might Not Like Politics, But These Protesting Dogs Are Adorable 20.6.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
On Friday's Take Your Dog To Work Day, pet owners celebrate their furry friends -- and excited co-workers welcome the cute distractions from work.

For those who don't have dogs in your office today, or just want evidence of some of the work they do, we offer photos of dogs who braved the crowds to share their political views and try to change policy.

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Fish Just May Be A Lot Smarter Than We Thought 18.6.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Are fish smart? Yes, according to a new paper published this week in the journal Animal Cognition . They also have more complex social lives than you might realize, too. For instance, some fish even give backrubs. There's a kind of fish -- the cleaner wrasse -- that eats parasites and other nasty things off other fishes' mouths, gills and bodies; it's a well-documented symbiotic relationship that is pretty magical to witness . And sometimes, the cleaner wrasse needs to calm these other fishes down. Just like you get a massage when you're tense, a 2011 study found that surgeonfish -- whose stress levels were intentionally raised by the researchers -- became more relaxed after their pelvic and pectoral fins were given a rub, as the cleaner fish will do . So some fish like massages. Most probably feel pain. Many have good eyesight, a great sense of smell, well-developed hearing abilities, and the ability to both create and detect electric currents in the water. Fish can also learn where to get food, and who ...
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Meatless Monday: Inspired By Literature -- Bloomsday Turns 90 16.6.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
"Don't eat a beefsteak. If you do the eyes of that cow will pursue you through all eternity." This isn't me talking or even PETA 's latest ad campaign. The line comes from James Joyce's 1922 classic, "Ulysses." "Ulysses" takes place in the course of one day, June 16, 1904, when Leopold Bloom, Joyce's hapless hero walks around Dublin, overhears people on the street like the vegetarian quoted above, meets Stephan Dedalus, gets good, drunk and obstreperous, then comes home to his lusty wife, Molly. And you're thinking, what does this have to do with me? Wednesday, June 16, is the 90th anniversary of Bloomsday , celebrated all over Dublin and even on this side of the pond literature lovers and fans of all things Irish. Bloomsday features marathon readings of Ulysses and, being Irish in origin, involves a fair amount of beer. That's okay. Beer's vegetarian. Corned beef and cabbage is not. Nor is it Irish or Joycean. Leopold Bloom himself would have no part of it. He ventures into The Burton, a Duke Street pub ...
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Dolphin Party Wave Is The Best Kind Of Surfing There Is (VIDEO) 15.6.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Apparently, the mammals of the sea are having some kind of weird, surf competition-slash-viral drone video battle. First, it was the humans of Hawaii, showing off their shredding skills at the world famous Banzai Pipeline . Then, a few months later, a pod of unimpressed humpback whales returned to that same spot for their own shot at the limelight , showing humans who the real surfers are. Now, it's the dolphins of Australia -- and they're giving their first two competitors a run for their money. (Yup, somehow, they definitely saw both surf videos go viral and they came together and said, "Yeah right! We practically invented surfing. It's our time to shine.") So, after spotting Dave Riggs' camera-equipped quadcopter flying over the shores of Esperance in West Australia, a super pod of bottlenose dolphins gathered along the crystal clear surf to do what they do best: play, surf, and, according to Riggs' Vimeo channel , teach their young how to forage. There were " well over 100 " dolphins in the group, ...
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What It Means To Say A Dolphin Committed Suicide 14.6.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
There are two famous, and extremely sad, accounts of dolphin suicide. The first involves Peter the bottlenose dolphin, who is said to have killed himself after being separated from the woman he " loved " -- animal researcher Margaret Howe Lovatt, who lived with him in a specially built house in the Virgin Islands for a few months in 1965 while trying to teach Peter English. The NASA-funded project, led by an eccentric neuroscientist, took a lot of dark turns, as explored in a new BBC documentary called "The Girl Who Talked To Dolphins." The most tawdry is that Howe says that she gave an increasingly-amorous Peter -- there's no delicate way to put this -- hand jobs to keep him focused on their work. "It was very precious. It was very gentle," Howe says in the film."It was sexual on his part. It was not sexual on mine. Sensuous, perhaps." When the project, perhaps inevitably, lost its funding, Peter was moved from the Dolphin House to a dreary, isolated tank in Miami, where he became increasingly ...
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